SRJC Course Outlines

9/21/2021 6:52:47 PMAJ 365 Course Outline as of Summer 2020

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  AJ 365Title:  PROBATION OFFICER  
Full Title:  Probation Officer
Last Reviewed:4/22/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum5.50Lecture Scheduled2.5017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled43.75
Minimum5.50Lab Scheduled9.005 min.Lab Scheduled157.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total11.50 Contact Total201.25
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  87.50Total Student Learning Hours: 288.75 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Non-Applicable
Grading:  P/NP Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly: 

Catalog Description:
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The Probation Officer (PO) Core course presents the required training for entry level probation officers as mandated by the Standards and Training for Corrections (STC), a division of the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC), a state regulatory agency. Topics addressed include: the California Justice System, current trends and practices in probation, risk factors for the probationer, information gathering, court reports and presentations, case planning and supervision, transportation, use of force, personal safety, physical training, and defensive tactics.  The Probation Officer Core course provides instruction and evaluation of all academic, physical, and behavioral traits required by the STC to meet the minimum standards to be employed as a probation officer in the State of California.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:
Students must provide a medical clearance to participate in the academy physical conditioning program and physical performance test.

Schedule of Classes Information
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The Probation Officer (PO) Core course presents the required training for entry level probation officers as mandated by the Standards and Training for Corrections (STC), a division of the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC), a state regulatory agency. Topics addressed include: the California Justice System, current trends and practices in probation, risk factors for the probationer, information gathering, court reports and presentations, case planning and supervision, transportation, use of force, personal safety, physical training, and defensive tactics.  The Probation Officer Core course provides instruction and evaluation of all academic, physical, and behavioral traits required by the STC to meet the minimum standards to be employed as a probation officer in the State of California.
(P/NP Only)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:Students must provide a medical clearance to participate in the academy physical conditioning program and physical performance test.
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1.  Student will be able to identify and demonstrate major tasks and responsibilities of a probation
    officer in the State of California as defined in the periodic statewide job analysis.
2.  Student will identify and describe the overall mission of a probation officer and its place in the
    California justice system as established in California law.

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Students will be able to:
1.   Identify the role and responsibilities of a probation officer.
2.   Explain and demonstrate the appropriate techniques for transportation.
3.   Develop and demonstrate report writing techniques and presentation skills.
4.   Develop and demonstrate information gathering and interview techniques.
5.   Recognize areas of liability for the probation officer.
6.   Identify the laws, policies, and procedures with which a probation officer works.
7.   Identify the physically demanding tasks required of probation officers.
8.   Identify current trends, practices and assessment tools.
9.   List and describe risk factors for probationers.
10. Describe case planning and supervision issues.

Topics and Scope
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I. California Justice System
    A. Roles, responsibilities, and legal foundations of probation officer
    B. Juvenile justice system and process
    C. Adult justice system and process
II. Professionalism and Ethics
    A. Definition of ethics
    B. Image
III. Current Trends and Practices
    A. Evidence-based practices (EBP)
    B. Assessment tools
    C. Interviewing techniques
    D. Disproportionate minority contact
IV. Risk Factors
    A. Gangs
    B. Family violence
    C. Psychological problems
    D. Substance abuse
    E. Crisis Intervention and counseling
    F. Sex offender legal mandates and community management
V. Juvenile Detention Decisions
    A. Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC)
    B. Assessment and disposition
VI. Information Gathering
    A. Types of written records
    B. Restitutions, fines, and other payments
    C. Interviewing victims
    D. Investigation interviewing
VII. Court Reports and Presentations
    A. Determinate sentencing
    B. Adult reports
    C. Juvenile reports
    D. Dispositional alternatives
    E. Testifying and presenting in court
VIII. Orientation, Case Planning and Supervision
    A. Initial meeting with probationer
    B. Case goals, plans and supervision
IX. Personal Safety
    A. Precautions
    B. Contraband and evidence
    C. Searching persons, buildings, and vehicles
X. Use of Force
    A. Principles
    B. Evasive and blocking techniques
    C. Arrest and control techniques
XI. Restraints and Searching
    A. Principles
    B. Handcuffing
    C. Searching the person
XII. Transportation
    A. Types of transportation
    B. Steps to transport
    C. Use of restraints and safety
XIII. Physical Conditioning
    A. Importance of warming up
    B. Types of exercises
    C. Initial assessment      
    D. Final assessment
Topics and Scope apply to both lecture and lab

Assignments:
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Lecture-Related Assignments:
1. Read instructor prepared materials (1-5 pages per week)
2. Research and complete 3-10 in-class and take home written assignments, including essays and
    reports
3. Complete 5-8 quizzes
 
Lab-Related Assignments:
1. Participate in physical conditioning exercises and initial and final assessments
2. Complete 30-40 STC behavior skills tests
3. Complete 25-30 STC written skills tests, including reports
4. Complete 10-15 learning activities, small group exercises
5. Must meet STC attendance and participation regulations

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 20%
Reports and essays
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
5 - 10%
Learning activities
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
20 - 25%
STC behavior skills test
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 25%
STC written skills test, multiple choice, and quizzes
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
30 - 40%
Mandatory attendance and participation, physical conditioning


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Instructor prepared materials

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